Cuff Injury & Football
Cuff (shoulder) Injury Explained
Shoulder pain normally results from an injury
to the rotator cuff. This injury initially manifests itself
as an inflammation, a condition medically termed as Rotator
Cuff Tendonitis. Surrounding the shoulder joint are the four
muscles that make up the rotator cuff: Subscapularis, Supraspinatus,
Infraspinatus and Teres minor. These muscles have individual
functions however; their primary function is to provide stability
to the humeral head, the ball in the shoulder socket.
It is highly uncommon for the Rotator Cuff to
be damaged in a single traumatic situation. Instead, the injury
begins with a minimal but continuous source of pain, something
referred to as a micro trauma. This micro trauma will cause
the rotator cuff to swell. Partial tears will develop in the
cuff if the inflammation is allowed to pursue over time. Eventually,
these partial tears will develop into complete tears, a kind
of damage where there is an actual rip in one or more of the
actual cuff muscles.
There are three main causes of micro trauma
to the rotator cuff:
1. Primary Impingement
2. Secondary Impingement
Rotator Cuff Injury Signs
Rotator cuff injury will result in a restriction
in the shoulder’s range of movement. The player will
also complain of weakness and depending on the severity of
injury, there will be varying degrees of pain. A player with
a tear in the rotator cuff may experience enough pain to keep
him from sleeping while a patient with early-stage inflammation
may only experience soreness when performing overhead activities.
The existence, as well as the severity, of the
Rotator Cuff Injury can be easily determined through various
physical tests administered by a physiotherapist.
The physiotherapist may also look out for indications of instability
within the shoulder joint. In order to assess the severity
of the condition and to determine if the injury has resulted
in a tear in the rotator cuff, MRI scans will be required.
X-rays can also give indications of the presence of any bony
Cuff Injury Treatment
What you can do
Surgery is the best method of addressing the
tears in the rotator cuff. If the injury does not result in
a tear, physiotherapy should reduce inflammation as well as
the degeneration of the cuff.
This can be accomplished through ice therapy,
provided that extra care is given to make sure that the ice
does not directly touch the skin since this may cause ice
burns. Anti-inflammatory gels and tablets may also be of help.
If the player intends to continue with his physical activities,
the use of a neoprene shoulder support may
be helpful in providing him with sufficient support and stability.
Reusable ice packs can be used to help alleviate
the pain as well as reduce bleeding within the tissue
Reusable ice pack
Some doctors support the use of injections. However, do not
inject the corticosteroid directly into the shoulder to reduce
Exercise may begin shortly after the inflammation
and the pain have subsided. A carefully-monitored regimen
of strengthening and stabilising activities may also follow.
Patients may use resistance bands to improve their workout.
More importantly, the patient must develop activities that
will correct faulty techniques that may have caused the injury.
If physiotherapy is unable to improve the rotator
cuff’s condition, an operation must be performed in
order to address the inflammation as well as the deterioration
of the cuff.
Cuff Injury Prevention
What you can do
Athletes must not neglect the shoulder muscles.
They must always maintain flexibility, strength and endurance
in the shoulder muscles.
In order to avoid overloading the rotator, the
athlete must make sure that changes in his activity are carried
out gradually. Athletes may also opt to use resistance bands
in order to improve their shoulder strength.
Finally, injury may be prevented if the person
engages in adequate warm up and cool down routines.
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